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British Jihadists in plain sight Operating in London!

Interesting Article: Anti-poppy protesters banned by Theresa May ahead of Remembrance Sunday by TOM McTAGUE / London published Friday, November 11, 2011

An interesting article in the Mirror, mentioned that home Secretary Theresa May ruled the organization 'Muslims Against Crusades' (MAC) should be illegal in the UK, ahead of its planned ­ anti-poppy campaign (Remembrance Day) protest. She said the group was “simply another name for an organization already proscribed under a number of names” including Al Ghurabaa, The Saved Sect, Al Muhajiroun and Islam4UK. The group was banned in 2006 for “glorifying terrorism”, Ms May said: “This means being a member of, or supporting the organization, will be a criminal offence.” Their protest was due to take place outside the Royal Albert Hall, where the annual Festival of Remembrance will take place on Saturday and where poppies were burned last year (MAC was responsible for a number of incidents including protests outside the Royal Albert Hall and in Kensington on 11 November 2010, when two large plastic poppies were burned during the Remembrance Day silence). Who is this group, and who are the players in it?


The poppy campaign or Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom consists of two minutes of silence observed on 11 November, the main observance is on the second Sunday of November, Remembrance Sunday. Ceremonies are held at local war memorials, usually organized by local branches of the Royal British Legion, an association for ex-servicemen. Typically, poppy wreaths are laid by representatives of the Crown, the armed forces, and local civic leaders, as well as by local organizations including ex-servicemen organizations, cadet forces, the Scouts, Guides, Boys' Brigade, St John Ambulance and the Salvation Army. Muslims Against Crusades (abbreviated MAC) was founded in 2010 by Abu Assadullah. In 2011, the group proposed that Muslims should set up independent emirates in select cities in the UK, operating under Sharia entirely outside British law. The group suggested the towns of Bradford, Dewsbury, and Tower Hamlets in the East End of London as the possible first test beds for these entities. They applied to stage a demonstration in London to disrupt the Royal Wedding on 29 April 2011, but were rejected by Scotland Yard. They planned to burn effigies of Prince William and Kate Middleton on the wedding route through central London. On 7 May, hundreds of UK Muslims and MAC members held a pro-Bin Laden rally outside the U.S. Embassy in London and staged Salat al-Janazah (funeral prayer) for Bin Laden. Protesters clashed with police when they tried to storm the embassy. Anjem Choudary—a British national of Pakistani descent, who organized the protest, predicted an attack similar to the 7 July 2005 London bombings in response to bin Laden's death. To mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, around 100 men linked to the group protested outside of the U.S. embassy in London, burning U.S. flags and chanting through megaphones. The protest could be heard by mourners in the September 11th Memorial Garden near-by, where a minute's silence was being observed to mark the first plane hitting the World Trade Centre in New York City. The group, as stated before, was officially banned by Home Secretary Theresa May on November 10th. Membership of Muslims Against Crusades would effectively be made illegal after midnight on that day. Making all current members part of an illegal terrorist organization. The two main players that the U.K authorities must monitor and arrest are Anthony Small and Anjem Choudary. Anthony Small (born in Lewisham, London in 1981) is a professional boxer who has held both the British and Commonwealth belts at light middleweight. Small converted to Islam at the age of 24 and is now known as Abdul-Haqq. He took part in a march in Barking, East London, to protest against the British presence in the war in Afghanistan. Placards were waved during the march, aimed at the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, saying "British soldiers go to hell" and chants such as "Murderers" and "Baby killers" were chanted by some of the protesters. Small said of the event "I'm a Muslim first and a boxer second". He is increasing becoming a known face of MAC (which is the new front for al-Muhajiroun/Islam4UK). Anjem Choudary (born in England in 1967) is a British former solicitor, and, before it was proscribed, spokesman for the Islamist group Islam4UK. He lives in Ilford, London. Choudary studied medicine at the University of Southampton before switching to law. He became a solicitor, and chairman of the Society of Muslim Lawyers. He later met Omar Bakri Muhammad, and the two helped form the Islamist organization, al-Muhajiroun. The group organized several anti-Western demonstrations, including a banned protest march in London. Al-Muhajiroun was a controversial organization, which was later disbanded following the UK government's decision to ban it. Choudary was present at the launch of its intended successor, Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah, and later helped form Al Ghurabaa, which was also banned, before he became the spokesman for Islam4UK (banned in 2010). Choudary is a vocal critic of the UK's involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has praised the terrorists involved in the attacks of 11 September 2001, and 7 July 2005. He believes in the implementation of Sharia Law throughout the UK. In 2003 or 2004 Choudary organized an Islamic-themed camping trip, at which a known islamist radical (Omar Bakri Muhammed) lectured, on the 54-acre (220,000 m2) grounds of the Jameah Islamiyah School in East Sussex. The trip, which was advertised by word-of-mouth, was attended by 50 Muslim men, most of whom were members of al-Muhajiroun. Bakri later claimed the activities at the camp included lectures on Islam, football, and paintballing. In September 2006 police searched the school following allegations that it was used in the training and recruitment of terrorists. According to testimony from Al Qaeda suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp, in 1997 and 1998 Abu Hamza and groups of around 30 of his followers held training camps at the school, which included training with AK47 rifles and handguns, and a mock rocket launcher. Choudary's new organizations operate mainly through an invitation-only internet forum, to which Choudary contributes under the screen name Abou Luqman. A reporter visiting the site found calls for holy war, and recordings by Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Omar Bakri Mohammed. Choudary has often praised Muslim terrorists. He referred to the 11 September terrorists as "magnificent martyrs", and in 2003 appeared to endorse terrorist attacks by British Muslims. Choudary strongly believes in the primacy of Islam over all other faiths, and the implementation of Sharia Law, in its entirety, in the UK. Choudary has received little support from the mainstream Muslim community, although in January 2010 Telegraph writer Jamie Bartlett speculated that he might have "some" support among the minority of Muslims in the UK who could be considered to hold conservative views. Choudary's embrace of Islamism comes through his meeting with the Islamist militant leader Omar Bakri Muhammed, the two men had met at a local mosque in the U. Omar Bakri Muhammad (Born in Syria) is an Islamist militant leader who was instrumental in developing Hizb ut-Tahrir into a major organization in the United Kingdom before leaving the group and heading another Islamist organization, Al-Muhajiroun, until its disbandment in 2004. Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Sunni pan-Islamic political organization whose goal is for all Muslim countries to unify as an Islamic state or caliphate ruled by Islamic law and with a caliph head of state elected by Muslims. Hizb ut-Tahrir is very active in the west, particularly in the United Kingdom, and is also active in several Arab and Central Asian countries, despite being banned by some governments. Bakr has been described as "closely linked to al-Qaeda" — he released prepared statements from Osama bin Laden after the 1998 United States embassy bombings. In 2005, following the 7 July 2005 London bombings the Times reported that "a dozen members" of his group Al-Muhajiroun "have taken part in suicide bombings or have become close to Al-Qaeda and its support network." Bakri was born into a wealthy family in the ancient city of Aleppo, Syria. Bakri joined the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood as a young man but did not participate in their 1982 Hama revolt against the Syrian Ba'ath Party and the government of Hafez al-Assad. In 1977 he left Syria, where he was wanted for being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and moved to Beirut, Lebanon. In 1979 he left Lebanon and moved to Cairo, Egypt. In December 1979 he moved to Saudi Arabia where in 1984 the Saudi Arabian government arrested Bakri in Jeddah, but released him on bail. The government arrested him again in December 1985 in Riyadh. Bakri moved to the United Kingdom on January 14, 1986. Later he travelled to the United States to study English after which he traveled back to the United Kingdom to assume the leadership of Hizb ut-Tahrir and become their spiritual leader. In the UK he worked for ten years helping to build up Hizb ut-Tahrir. After the September 11, 2001 attacks Bakri praised the attackers as "magnificent", and changed his leanings towards the theology and philosophy of Al Qaeda. Bakri then stated that he had become a Salafi Muslim. In November 2004 Bakri disbanded Al-Muhajiroun, saying that "all Muslims should unite together against a hostile West." Three months later Bakri said this "covenant of security" was no longer in force having been violated by the British government. Experts note, according to the Times, that the July London bombings followed "four months later". The same article reports "The Sunday Times has identified more than a dozen members of ALM who have taken part in suicide bombings or have become close to Al-Qaeda and its support network." Including Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan "a computer expert now in a Pakistani prison", Zeeshan Siddiqui, from Hounslow, west London, Bilal Mohammed from Birmingham, and Asif Hanif. His main students were Khalid Kelly, Anjem Choudary, Sulayman Keeler, Abu Izzadeen, and Abu Uzair, a trained civil engineer who leads or led the Savior Sect. On August 6, 2005 Bakri left the United Kingdom (he is currently banned from returning to the United Kingdom). He subsequently took up residence in Lebanon. Currently he heads the Atibaa' Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah movement (an Islamic organization operating in the United Kingdom, intended to be a successor to the banned Al-Muhajiroun organization). On 31 January 2007 British police arrested nine suspected terrorists who were allegedly planning to kidnap, torture, and behead a British Muslim in the army, all of which would be videotaped and later broadcast on the internet. The soldier had served in the War in Afghanistan, but had returned home to Britain on temporary leave. On 4 February secret recordings of Bakri Muhammad emerged in which he calls for the attack. He previously called for a kidnapping-terrorist attack in 2005. In another incident he said he hoped someone would "capture British Muslims who are in the Army over there". According to media reports, Lebanese police arrested Bakri, Lebanese Information Minister Ghazi Aridi later said Bakri was arrested as a precautionary measure. In mid-November 2010, according to media reports Bakri had been sentenced to life in prison in Lebanon on terrorism charges. Bakri, Choudary and Anthony Small are key instigators of Jihadism in the U.K, their followers are around, and there students walk around the London streets every day. I think it might be in the best interest of the U.K government to monitor their students (listed previously in this blog entry) and keep close tabs on these chaps in order to avoid another 7-7 bombing.

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This just in from London-istan: Violent clashes outside U.S. Embassy after hundreds of UK Muslims stage mock funeral for 'murdered' Bin Laden, Daily Mail, 7 May 2011
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